MCLL is pleased to once again include Italian in the Department's family of languages. After a thirty-year hiatus, Italian language classes returned in 2004 and currently include first- and second-year. A number of second-year students have indicated interest in continuing to a third-year course. If funding is available in the College of Humanities and Sciences for advanced Italian courses, this will come to pass. We are pleased with the strong interest students at UM are showing for pursuing studies in Italian.
Italian is a Romance language spoken by about 70 million people - mostly in Italy, the Republic of San Marino, Vatican City, Switzerland (Canton Ticino) and Croatia (Istria). Italian is one of the official languages of the European Union. But Italian speakers also can be found in France, Germany, the UK, South America (especially in Argentina and in Southern Brazil where almost half of the population is of Italian origin) Australia, Canada, and the US. Italian is spoken on five continents! Italian is now the fourth most taught modern language in the US, after Spanish, French, and German.
Why you should study Italian
Learning Italian increases your appreciation and understanding of the Italian people and Italian culture. Studying Italian opens the door to history, art, literature, painting, music, fashion, design, cinema, diplomacy, and international business. It enhances your travel opportunities and helps you adjust more easily to new environments.
• "A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority." (Samuel Johnson)
• "Open my heart, and you will see, graced inside of it, Italy." (Robert Browning)
• James Joyce spoke Italian, so can you.
Italy's past splendors have the adverse effect of leaving very little room for appreciating the achievements of contemporary Italians. In the past sixty years, from a poor, mostly agricultural and rural country, Italy has become one the world's major industrial powers. Italy is among the United States’ ten major trading suppliers, while the United States is the third largest market outlet of Italy. Everyone is familiar with the very high quality of "typical" Italian products, such as wine, food, apparel, shoes, home furnishings and Nutella (you didn't know it was Italian, did you?) However, the largest portion of Italian exports comes from industrial sectors, including more precisely: sports cars, machine tools, aerospace, robotics, telecommunications and chemicals.
Realize your dream: Study Italian! Welcome! Benvenuti!
We wish you a fruitful and rewarding learning experience in Italian.